Microsoft SQL Server Training

Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Why choose Microsoft SQL Server?

Why ensure your employees are trained or certified?

Why get certified?

Microsoft SQL Server Certifications

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 builds upon SQL server 2012 to deliver a comprehensive data platform, combining high performance, scalability and high security into a single package to deliver mission critical applications and insights. The latest iteration focuses on memory performance improvements, increased security and more rapid data handling capabilities.

SQL Server looks to deliver in three key areas Mission Critical Confidence, Insight and migration to the Cloud. In terms of mission critical performance the newest iteration of SQL Server stands as one of the fastest and most secure platforms upon which to base your data. Downtime is reduced, whether planned or unplanned, through integrated high availability and recovery modes whilst application availability and data protection can be maximised through a wide range of configuration options. Performance is secured on a proven platform whilst SQL Server is SAP-certified for the most demanding workloads. Query performance over previous iterations can be raised by up to 10x with the use of the ColumnStore index.

End users can more easily gain new insights via rapid data visualisation and exploration thanks to Power View and Power Pivot. These tools provide user friendly methods for data exploration and presentation regardless of user experience and data source. These tools also allow for self-service Business Inteligence that can scale to the needs of your organisation and reduce IT tasks and support requests allowing for greater focus on data source usage and server performance metrics.

Microsoft's focus on cloud computing continues in SQL Server 2014, allowing for scaling across different environments as well as deployment options from individual servers up to the cloud as a whole. With this comes the ability to access data virtually anywhere and provide a consistent data-feed to power users across devices, desktops and web platforms.

Why choose Microsoft SQL Server?

Microsoft SQL Server offers a number of advantages as a data service, benefitting from Microsoft's experience both with cloud computing and a proven information platform. One of the most apparent benefits is the speed and scale at which SQL Server 2014 can handle operations, with reporting times being cut by up to 80% from older technologies. In enterprise-class situations SQL Server has been shown to scale to the largest of workloads, with figures of 1 million commands per second being achieved as well as processing 14.8 million emails in a 24 hour period. Despite this performance SQL Server also remains one of the most secure data platforms, with very little vulnerability and as such can make an excellent platform for mission critical applications, which require both speed and security.

In comparison to rival technologies SQL Server maintains a very high level of cost efficiency, with typically a lower running cost per database than some of its competitors. This is partially due to the lower number of service interruptions or outages enjoyed by users of SQL Server, reducing penalties due to data loss. Transferring from certain environments to SQL Server can cut downtime by as much as 20% and support costs by as much as 85%.

SQL Server 2014 is also fully integrated into Microsoft's vision of cloud computing, allowing for greater scalability and pooling of computational resources. This expands to a better service for end users with self-service Business Intelligence features, along with integration with Microsoft Office products. When this is combined with ease of deployment across a range of physical, private and public cloud environments SQL Server is clearly a powerful and flexible platform upon which to build your organisation's data.

Why ensure your employees are trained or certified?

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 adds a number of facilities to make data analysis and presentation easier for end users, however data centre administrators still need to be trained in order to maintain an efficient data platform. The addition of new features in terms of BI and enterprise analytics will also require qualified personnel in order to use them to their full effect. Training ensures that employees are more familiar with the technologies they work with and can help speed up transition from older technologies and the deployment of new infrastructure. This can help increase the substantial return on investment that Microsoft claims can be had by utilising SQL Server 2014.

With more trained and experienced staff comes the ability to undertake larger scale infrastructure changes and projects in a more cost efficient manner. Better trained staff will be able to deploy and maintain more complex systems with greater speed and ease than would otherwise be possible.

Training allows employers to have confidence that their staff will be able to fulfil their roles in an efficient manner, without needing external contractors, lending a degree of credibility to individuals and teams as a whole in being able to deliver high level services. The knowledge that your staff can perform to the highest standards lends productivity and efficiency advantages over competitors, whilst making the transition to cloud computing as smooth as possible.

Why get certified?

As an IT professional training ultimately leads to the acquisition of certifications that recognise your technical expertise. This is the key to gaining visibility in the currently highly competitive marketplace for IT professionals, with certifications giving an edge over other candidates for positions involving the use of SQL Server. More details of the job markets for specific technologies or certifications can be seen at IT Jobs Watch.

Certification can also translate directly into opportunities for career advancement, both in terms of qualifying for higher level positions but also as a way of gaining access to the community of certified Microsoft professionals, allowing you to make contact with potential employers and seek advice regarding future certification options. IT professionals also gain an average 9 per cent salary increase immediately after receiving certification, and 29 per cent over the long term, versus peers who are not certified. (CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, Jan 2011)

Microsoft SQL Server Certifications

If you are involved in the development, maintenance or administration of SQL Server environments then you may want to acquire either Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification.

Microsoft offers a wide range of certifications to approve those who have displayed their skills and experience with Microsoft SQL Server. MCSA certification demonstrates a wide set of basic skills, allowing those with less experience to develop the skills required for their professional career. In addition to this the MCSE certification is a higher level certification that allows for specialisation in your chosen field. The MCSE shows that you have reached Microsoft's "globally recognised standard for IT professionals" and demonstrates a wide set of skill and experience pertaining to SQL Server.

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MCSA: SQL Server 2012 is intended for those seeking to qualify as a database developer or analyst, with a focus on developing the essential skills and knowledge to develop and maintain data environments. This certification is not being changed for SQL Server 2014, as the upgrades to the platform are primarily aimed at more advanced users.

MCSE: Data Platform is intended for those looking to qualify for positions such as database analyst or designer by demonstrating a broad set of skills in building and administrating large scale data solutions.

MCSE: Business Intelligence is intended for those seeking to qualify in BI or reporting roles, with an emphasis on developing the skills needed to deliver data across organisations.

MCSA: SQL Server 2008 is intended for those looking to qualify in administration or development positions based on the last generation of SQL Server.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 delivers on Microsoft's Data Platform vision by helping your organization manage any data, any place, any time. Store data from structured, semi-structured, and unstructured documents, such as images and rich media, directly within the database. SQL Server 2008 delivers a rich set of integrated services that enable you to do more with your data such as query, search, synchronize, report, and analyze.

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